Quincy High School (Massachusetts)

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Quincy High School
Quincy Presidents Hat
100 Coddington Street
Quincy, MA, 02169
Coordinates 42°15′10″N 71°00′03″W / 42.252858°N 71.000739°W / 42.252858; -71.000739Coordinates: 42°15′10″N 71°00′03″W / 42.252858°N 71.000739°W / 42.252858; -71.000739
Type Public
Motto Think Work Share
Established 1924
Principal Lawrence Tagiieri
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,519 as of 2015
Campus Urban
Color(s) Blue and White ‹See Tfm›    ‹See Tfm›    
Mascot Presidents
Nickname "The Pony" A plaster copy of "Appeal to the Great Spirit" by Cyrus Dallin

Quincy High School (QHS) is a public secondary school located on Coddington Street in Quincy, Massachusetts. It doubles as one of two high schools in the city of Quincy and as the vocational center. Quincy's mascot is known as the 'Presidents' and their school colors are Blue & White.


Quincy High School was founded in the mid-nineteenth century and moved to its current location in 1924.[citation needed] North Quincy High School was established at a separate location in 1926.[citation needed]

QHS construction was completed in 2010. Over the first year. There are Four wings with three floors for the B, C and D wing and four floors in the A wing. In 2007, Quincy has finished constructing the A wing behind where the old school was located. Once the A wing was completed, they moved all the Students from the Tech to the new A wing. They then demolished the old bridge attaching the old school to the Tech as well as the Tech. They then eliminated the street east of the school. They built the B, C and D wing attaching the A wing east of the edge. Construction was finally finished in September 2010. They then moved the students to the new school and closed the old QHS. The old school was Vacant until 2013 when Mayor Koch and the School committee got approval from the Massachusetts Department of Historical Sites to demolish the old school. They proposed a green space to be built on top of where the school was and put a Panel that described the old school. The C-Wing is known as the Foreign Language wing on the third floor. The D-Wing on the third floor is the 'Freshman Wing". The entire A-Wing is the Math, Science and Technology room. QHS offers freshmen a seminar program called Freshman Seminar which allows freshmen to observe and do activities with a major for the upcoming years. The program is around 2–6 weeks rotating turns with different majors from different fields, "Business" to "Technology". Unlike NQHS, QHS offers more classes in non-academic classes. Since the school was opened, over 450 new freshmen arrived at the new school, when there was around 1,300 students in 2009-2010. Quincy High School was the 1st of Several projects done in Quincy Public Schools. Central Middle School got a new building in October 2013 due to the old facility being built in 1896 and had a lot of structural and health issues. There is a proposed new building for Sterling Middle School. New Windows and Doors for North Quincy High, Wollaston Elementary School and Parker Elementary School. And also a total reconstruction of the Intersection outside of North Quincy High and North Quincy MBTA between East Squantom Street and Hancock Street.


Main entrance in 2011

Quincy's academic program consists of normal academic classes as well as a vocational program.

Academic classes[edit]

Academic classes are offered in standard, honors, advanced, and some AP level. They include:

  • English
  • Foreign Languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, and Latin)
  • The Heritage Program
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Math
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • The Arts
  • English Language Learners Program for Student Immigrants.

Career and trade[edit]

The school's automotive technology shop

Career electives are offered in subjects such as:

  • Automotive
  • Carpentry
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Graphic Arts
  • Business Tech
  • Health and Human Services
  • Metals
  • Plumbing
  • Protective Services
  • Broadcasting Technology [Channel 22]
  • Computer Skills


The original building of Quincy High School; the new school is to the right of the photo, in the place of the now-demolished Vocational Center depicted.

Quincy is part of the Patriot League, and previously competed in the Atlantic Coast League (A.C.L).

Its rival school is North Quincy High School, which faces Quincy High in the annual Thanksgiving football game at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Despite the rivalry, Quincy High's track, crew, girls' hockey, swimming, rugby and sailing teams are joined with North's.

Community Service[edit]

In 2013, Quincy Public School had launched a pilot for 11th and 12th graders participate in a graduation requirement for 20 hours of community service done before graduation. In June 2014, they announced that Community Service is now a graduation requirement for all Quincy and North Quincy High School Students. As of 2014, Freshman must complete 40 hours of community service by graduation, Sophomores, 30 hours, Juniors, 20 and Seniors 10 hours.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Crowe, Julia (2012). My First Guitar: Tales of True Love and Lost Chords from 70 Legendary Musicians. ECW Press. pp. 92–93. ISBN 1770902759. 
  2. ^ Putnam, Robert C. (2001). Benfey, Otto Theodor; Turnbull Morris, Peter John, eds. Reminiscences From Junior High School. Robert Burns Woodward: Architect and Artist in the World of Molecules (Chemical Heritage Foundation). p. 12. 

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